The forged knife has been kept alive around the world. Bill Moran the patriarch of the ABS is credited with the rediscovery of creating Damascus.
Damascus is basically the combining of two or more steels. In the case of most forged Damascus blades today, those steels are a basic carbon steel such as 1084 that is combined with 15N20. The nickel in 15N20 steel resists the acid etch and stays shiny. It is the combination of the etched and shiny that give Damascus its distinctive look. …more